With Mets pitchers and catchers set to report later this morning, lets take a look at a couple of things Sandy Alderson said over the weekend when he spoke to reporters in St. Lucie. I was a little taken back by what he said when he was asked where he’d like to see the team do better? “Well, just in a general sense, we need to pitch better than we did last year. The starting rotation […]
Here is the second and final part of the Q & A I conducted with Wally Fish and Nathaniel Stoltz, two of the guys behind the great baseball site Seedlings To Stars. Who is most likely the shortstop of the future for the Mets Jordany Valdespin or Danny Muno? Nathaniel: I have to take Valdespin just on sheer proximity here. I love Muno’s skillset, but he hasn’t even proven himself in full-season ball yet, and […]
I recently did a Top 20 Mets Prospect List of my own which you can check out at my other site, St. Lucie To Flushing. Not so different then many others you’ve probably read. However I do have one guy higher than most people and that is SS Philip Evans. He was drafted in the 15 round of last years draft. Many teams were scared off by his strong commit to San Diego State. He […]
Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reported that new Bisons manager Wally Backman, will wear uniform No. 8 to honor former teammate Gary Carter who passed away yesterday. He made the announcement during a team cermenony where he was being formally introduced as Buffalo’s new skipper for the 2012 season. The longtime former Mets second baseman, wore his heart on his sleeve Thursday night — and said he will wear it on his back next season […]
The New York Mets today announced the Bisons’ 2012 coaching staff as follows: Wally Backman – Manager Wally Backman will enter his first season as Bisons manager in 2012. Backman, 52, is entering his 10th managerial season and his third in the Mets organization. Overall, he has a record of 534-488 (.523) with two league championships in his career. Last season, the Pineville, OR-native managed the Double-A Binghamton Mets to a 65-76 record. In 2010, Backman […]
I contacted Rob Carson, left-handed pitcher for the New York Mets by phone on Monday, less than a week before he is due to leave for spring training in Port. St. Lucie. This year spring training will be a little different for Carson, because he will be in the big league camp for the first time, a result of being added to the 40-man Major League Roster this winter. Rob and I discussed a myriad of […]
This is starting to become old hat, but still worth mentioning. ESPN’s Keith Law (Insider Subscribers) posted his annual Top 100 Prospects and the Mets’ Zack Wheeler checked in at #27 while Matt Harvey cruised in at #38. Zack Wheeler: “He will touch 97 mph and sit at least 91-94 with an above-average curveball that has shown it can miss bats. He has a fringy changeup that’s a little too firm, giving up a .283/.375/.452 line to left-handed hitters […]
I had the pleasure of chatting with minor league hurler Eric Niesen. Niesen began his professional career by being selected in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB amateur draft by the Mets out of Wake Forest Academy. The now 25-year old Michigan native was first assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones and was making his way through the ranks, making the FSL All-Star Team in 2009, until about mid-2010 when he “hit-the-wall” if you will. […]
I was looking around my university’s library this afternoon and I came across one of the best books I’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s a book called The Scouting Report: 1983. Just as the title implies, the book is a compilation of scouting reports on every Major Leauge Baseball player going into the 1983 season, and it is co-authored by our very own Ralph Kiner. It just so happens that 1983 was The Straw’s rookie season, but […]
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